Friday, March 03, 2006

No Doz Girl

I need to keep this short cuz I'm supposed to be going out with my friend Jessica. But I had to tell you about the ill sh*t that happened at work today. I'm minding my own business walking around like I always do, when I see this girl, slumped on the desk crying. My natural reaction would be to keep it moving, but something told me that something was amiss. So, I ask her what's going on and she tells me that she took 2 no doz with a coke and now she cant stop shaking. There's a couple of other people around, but they are looking at her like she is faking, and not taking the situation very seriously. I sat down next to the girl and looked at her and she literally looked she was going through some Parkinson's disease tremors. Her hands and face were shaking and she couldnt stop her leg from moving. I told one of the other manager's that we need to call an ambulance, partly because the girl looked horrible, and partly because if anything went down, we would be responsible. The girl kept insisting that she didn't want to go to the hospital, and to just call her baby daddy to pick her up. Against my better judgment, I went along with it. One of the other women grabbed her cell phone and called the guy. In the most niggerish tone imaginable, this mf said: "What the f*ck am I supposed to do? Tell her to take her ass to the hospital." I was in shock, the mother of his child is damn near about to black out and he showed no sympathy at all. Then they give No Doz girl the phone and they commence to have an argument while she is in the midst of her caffeine induced tremors. I was like ok that's enough. So I take the phone away from her and attempt to calm her down. She is now hyperventilating, and telling me that her heart was beating really fast. I don't know what came over me but I went into save the day mode. I motioned for the other manager to call 911, while I took care of No Doz girl. She was still insistent that we not call an ambulance, so I told a little white lie to keep her calm and said that we wouldn't. In the meantime, Baby Daddy got a conscience and decided to call back, which just upset No Doz girl even more.

SIDEBAR: (D~ did I steal this from you?) No Doz girl has a major crush on me. She has made no secret of this. I don't say this to make myself sound like a pimp, but its important to know for the rest of the story. Okay, let's continue!

I'm trying to keep her alert but calm at the same time. It's not working. I'm thinking to myself, "where the hell is the ambulance?" The other manager goes downstairs to wait for the paramedics so she can let them in the building. The other employee was talking on the cell phone to No Doz's baby daddy. That left me alone with a convulsing, hyperventilating woman, whose 5 foot nothing frame could not handle 1 pill, let alone 2. I know CPR, but I don't know what to do in case of an overdose. I just remembered from a very special episode of "Family Ties" that you need to keep the person awake and alert. I suggested that she stand up and walk around, but her leg was shaking too much for that to work. She reached for my hand as a sign of comfort. As a male manager, I am very careful about touching female employees, I ain't trying to get a lawsuit. But I realized that I had to do something in this situation. I grabbed her hands and every time she looked like she was going to drift off, I squeezed them to snap her back to consciousness. This worked for a while, but the damn EMS still wasn't there. She alternated between being hyper and being groggy. I figured I had to calm her down as much as possible so I spoke to her in soothing tones normally reserved for late night pillow talk or a therapy session. I don't know where the encouraging words came from but she seemed to respond. No Doz girl was actually lucid for a quick second. She smiled at me with the admiration of a school girl with a crush and said "Thank you."

This moment was fleeting as in the next minute she blacked out and fell into my arms. Almost simultaneously the paramedics arrived and took over. Two firetrucks and an ambulance full of life savers relieved me of my duties. They put an IV in her and eventually drove her to the hospital. When she left she was conscious, but this situation scared the everloving sh*t out of me. What if she died and I was the only one there? That's way too much responsibility for me. I admire anyone who can deal with this kind of thing on a daily basis cuz this one time was one time too many for me. This turned out way longer than I planned, and I am now officially late.

It was written...


Blogger nikki said...

you displayed courage, sensitivity, and initiative in your actions here. i'm not surprised as i figure everyone has these things within them and it only takes the right situation before they're made known to the rest of us. i hope there are more situations for you that prove to be just as empowering as this one, as it will prove to you just how great a person you really are.

Sat Mar 04, 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am proud of you even though I know it was hard looking at her but in the end you did the right thing and just think of her precious daughter's smiling face b/c her mother is still here to see her grow. (bb)

Sat Mar 04, 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Unsaid said...

damn so what happened! when i was in this training you go to after basic training in the Army, no doze was contraband but we took it anyway because we'd rather get caught with it then be caught sleeping in these classes we had to take. we used to hand it out like drug dealers lol for real! one day i took one and when it was totally quiet in class i just shouted out "Big, baby!" know like Biggie? The instructor was black and he looked at me all surprised and started laughing. Then came to his senses and made me do pushups for the rest of the class. No doze is no joke lol

Sat Mar 04, 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when i was in college and during finals one of my girls took like 3 nodoz and she is like 5'7 100lbs soaking wet it was like she turned into cornholio she was talking all fast and moving real fast it was crazy (bb)

Sat Mar 04, 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when i was in college and during finals one of my girls took like 3 nodoz and she is like 5'7 100lbs soaking wet it was like she turned into cornholio she was talking all fast and moving real fast it was crazy (bb)

Sat Mar 04, 12:47:00 PM  
Blogger D- said...

Interesting story! I'm glad everything worked out for the good, though. I know that I would have been scared as shit as well. In light of the situation, you handled yourself well.

Mon Mar 06, 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger T. Cas said...

We checked on No Doz girl today and she is out of the hospital. Apparently she had 4 times the dose of caffeine that she needed for body weight. They had her on a heart monitor and oxygen for shortness of breath. She didn't come back to work today, but I think its more about embarrassment than anything else.

Mon Mar 06, 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger T. Cas said...

@ Nikki: I wish my work folk didnt get to see sensitive T. Thats gonna mess me up when I have to lay down the law on them. They might just start crying and expect me to comfort them.

@ bb - Yeah, I know i did what i had to do and I'm glad her daughter will still have her around. Did I ever tell you that she wanted me to be "godfather" to her daughter? I know I tell you that all time but I still cant believe she said that to me. oh yeah, and I LMAO at Cornholio. "are you threatening me?"

@ unsaid- What up big baby? I've never taken No-Doz and I can pretty much assume that I never will after seeing this.

@ D~. I wish this was just a story, I hope I never have to go through nothing like this again. I feel kinda bad for making it all about me, but what can I do?

Mon Mar 06, 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Mocha_Grl said...

Whoa that sounds very intense! I'm glad to hear that she's ok.
Having that responsibility just thrust on you can scare the shit outta you. One night I was walking home from work, and this elderly woman just collapsed behind me. Until that ambulance came I was so damn scared, just sitting next to her alone. I really admire people who can handle themselves, dealing with that stuff everyday.

Mon Mar 06, 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger nikki said...

t - if you don't make it about you, something just ain't right with the world. it would be the equivalent of a cat barking.

Mon Mar 06, 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger Honey-Libra said...

WOW, that's why I tend to pay attention to those emails about CPR and how to recognize someone who is having a stroke, etc. You never know when you might need to remember the litle things like keeping them least you were there for her I'm sure that's what she will remember

Mon Mar 06, 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger Me said...

if i were her i would kick the baby daddy to the corner -

punk azz mofo !

Mon Mar 06, 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger T. Cas said...

@ mocha, wasn't that some scary shit? This would have been any worse if she was elderly.

@ nikki. *mutters various profanities under his breath* Are you implying that T. has an ego problem?

@ honey-libra - I had to get CPR certified at work, but I never actually had to use it. I went home this weekend and practiced.

@ Me - She ain't gonna leave him. They got a dysfunctional relationship that caters to her low self esteem. I shouldnt have been surprised with the some of the other things she's told me about him.

Mon Mar 06, 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger nikki said...

problem? nope. that word is simply not adequate enough to describe it. LOL

Mon Mar 06, 02:59:00 PM  
Blogger T. Cas said...

T. doesn't have an ego problem. T is humble and just because T. refers to himself in the third person, doesn't indicate that T. is egotistical.

Mon Mar 06, 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger Hali said...

That is very admirable of you. You did the right thing. It was a blessing that you noticed. As far as her BD, he sounds like an a*hole. I hope she is ok. Let us know what happened with her.

Mon Mar 06, 04:43:00 PM  
Blogger nikki said...


uh, that's not what makes you egotistical. i would go into what does, but i figure you already know cuz you know it all. LOL

Mon Mar 06, 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger That Girl Tam said...

Hey T...

Thought I commented last night when I FIRST read this post. It was late, so I guess I didn't comment because I don't see one! HAHHA! I think what you did was great...I know a lot of people wouldn't have gone out of their way for anyone like have a kind heart (no matter what people think). Glad she's ok...

Mon Mar 06, 10:13:00 PM  
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